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Mary Jane Hurst

Hurst, Mary Jane


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Technical Editor
Book Reviews
Conference Proceedings

Language, Gender, and Community in Late Twentieth-Century Fiction: American Voices and American Identities

The voice of the child in American literature: linguistic approaches to fictional child language



  • Language, Gender, and Community in Late Twentieth-Century Fiction: American Voices and American Identities. Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
  • The Voice of the Child in American Literature: Linguistic Approaches to Fictional Child Language.  Lexington: UP of Kentucky, 1990.


Technical Editor

  • HTLV-1 and the Nervous System.  Eds. Gustavo Roman, Jean-Claude Vernant, and Mitsuhiro Osame, Editors.  Mary Jane Hurst, Technical Editor.  New York: Alan R. Liss, 1989.



  • Hurst, M. J. (2010). Review of Language, Gender, and Citizenship in American Literature by Amy Dunham Strand. Gender and Language, 4(1), 161-164
  • “Mentor Yourself.” Inside Higher Ed, 29 July 2009.
  • “Speech Acts in Ivy Compton-Burnett’s A Family and a Fortune.”  Twentieth Century Literature Criticism, Volume 180.  Ed. Thomas Schoenberg and Lawrence J. Trudeau.  Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2006.  148-57.  Rpt. From 1987 publication in Language and Style.
  • “Some Aspects of Language in Selected Cowboy Poetry.”  Inside the Classroom (and Out): How We Learn Through Folklore.  Ed. Kenneth L. Untiedt.  Denton, TX:  U of North Texas P, 2005.  258-71.
  • “The Presidential Address: Language, Gender, and Community in American Fiction at the End of the Century.”  Southwest Journal of Linguistics 17.1 (1998): 1-13.
  • “Mission, Risk, Change: What the Past Suggests for the Future.”  Vistas 6.2 (1997): 28-32.
  • “The Road to the White House: A Comparison of Language in Candidate Clinton’s Acceptance Speech and Language in President Clinton’s Inaugural Address.”  SECOL Review 19.1 (1995): 80-103.
  • “Two Networking Strategies.”  Concerns 25.1 (1995): 45-53.
  • “Reintroducing Aubrey Menen: Sin, Salvation, and Satire in a Comic Anglo-Indian Novel.”  World Literature Written in English 34.1 (1994): 129-41.
  • “Tolstoy’s Description of Tourette Syndrome in Anna Karenina.”  With Daniel L. Hurst.  Journal of Child Neurology 9.4 (1994): 366-67.
  • “English 5337: Language and Gender.” The COSWL Collection of Language and Gender Syllabi.  Ed. Elizabeth Hume and Bonnie S. McElhinny.  Washington, DC: Linguistic Society of America, 1993.  53-57. 
    *Updated version published online in 1999 through the Linguistic Society of America available vialsadc.orgorlinguistlist.org.
  • “Reading Westerns: A Review Essay.”  Concho River Review 6.2 (1992): 56-65.
  • “Linguistic Innovation and Conservatism: Dialect in Cowboy Poetry.”  New Mexico Humanities Review 36 (1992): 103-12.
  • “Connections between Cowboy Poetry and Other Developments in American Literature and in American Culture.”  The Catch Pen.  Ed. Kenneth Davis and Len Ainsworth.  Lubbock, TX: Ranching Heritage Center, 1991.  31-37.
  • “The Historical Context of Contemporary Cowboy Poetry.”  Concho River Review 4.1 (1990): 58-66.
  • “A Final Assignment for a Composition Course.”  Arizona English Bulletin 31.3 (1989): 29-31.
  • “The Language of Children in The Snow-Image.”  Essex Institute Historical Collections 125.1 (1989): 55-64.
  • [Untitled Description of a Composition Exercise.]  Collective Wisdom.  Ed. Sondra J. Stang and Robert Wiltenburg.  New York: Random, 1988.  353.
  • “Speech Acts in Ivy Compton-Burnett’s A Family and a Fortune.”  Language and Style 20.4 (1987): 342-58.
  • “Characterization and Language: A Case Grammar Study of William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying.”  Language and Style 20.1 (1987): 71-87.
  • “Teaching Students to Write More Effective Sentences: Practical Suggestions for a Tri-Level Approach: Grammatical, Semantic, and Stylistic.”  Arizona English Bulletin 29.3 (1987): 17-21.
  • “Literary Examples of Scientism.”  Forum Section.  PMLA 101 (1986): 255-56.
  • “Samuel Johnson’s Dying Words.” English Language Notes 23 (1985): 45-53.
  • “Fire Imagery.”  Forum Section.  PMLA 100 (1985): 236-37.
  • “Bromide Psychosis: A Literary Case.”  With Daniel L. Hurst.  Clinical Neuropharmacology 7 (1984): 259-64.
  • “Bromide Poisoning in The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold.”  With Daniel L. Hurst.   Evelyn Waugh Newsletter 16.2 (1982): 1-5.
  • “Food and Its Digestion in Sartor Resartus.”  Ethos 4 (1982): 16-21.


Book Reviews

  • Rev. of Language, Gender, and Citizenship in American Literature 1789-1919. By Amy Dunham Strand. Forthcoming in Gender and Language.
  • Rev. of Setting the World in Order by Rick Campbell.  Iron Horse Review 3.1 (2001): 115-18.
  • Rev. of Women, Language, and Linguistics by Julia S. Falk.  Southwest Journal of Linguistics 20.1 (2001): 121-24.
  • Rev. of Dialects in Schools and Communities by Walt Wolfram, Carolyn Temple Adger, and Donna Christian. Language 76.4 (2000): 935-36.
  • Rev. of The Narrative Forms of Southern Community by Scott Romine.  The Southern Journal of Linguistics 24.1 (2000): 137-40.
  • Rev. of Language and Gender in American Fiction: Howells, James, Wharton, and Cather by Elsa Nettels.  Southwest Journal of Linguistics 16.1-2 (1997): 91-92.
  • Rev. of The Art of Conversation by Peter Burke.  Language 70.4 (1994): 852-53.
  • Rev. of Language and Ideology in Children’s Fiction by John StephensLanguage 70.1 (1994): 218-19.
  • Rev. of Was Huck Black?  Mark Twain and African-American Voices by Shelley Fisher Fishkin.  SECOL Review 17 (1993): 185-87.
  • Rev. of The Stuff of Literature: Physical Aspects of Texts and Their Relation to Literary Meaning by E.A. Levenston.  Language 69.3 (1993): 630.
  • Rev. of Conflict Talk: Sociolinguistic Investigations of Arguments in Conversations ed. by Allen D. Grimshaw.  Language 68.2 (1992): 429-30.
  • Rev. of Politically Speaking: The Pragmatic Analysis of Political Language by John Wilson.  Language 68.1 (1992): 240-41.
  • Rev. of Whitman’s Poetry of the Body by M. Jimmie Killingsworth.  American Poetry 7.2 (1990): 84-86.
  • Rev. of Text Book: An Introduction to Literary Language by Robert Scholes, Nancy R. Comley, and Gregory L. Ulmer.  SECOL Review 14 (1990): 72-74.
  • Rev. [for linguistic audience] of Everyday Magic: Child Languages in Canadian  Literature by Laurie Ricou.  SECOL Review 14 (1990): 75-77.
  • Rev. [for literary audience] of Everyday Magic: Child Languages in Canadian Literature by Laurie Ricou.  Rocky Mountain Review 43.1-2 (1989): 121-22.
  • Rev. of Volume XVII of the Centenary Edition of the Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne: The Letters, 1853-1856.  With Jimmie E. Killingsworth. South Central Review 5.4 (1989): 93-95.


Conference Proceedings

  • “Food and Food Imagery in Chang-Rae Lee’s Native Speaker: Revelations of Personal and Cultural Identities.”  The 2000-20003 Proceedings Collection of the 2003 SW/Texas PCA/ACA Conference (2003): 1079-94.
  • “New Technology for Neurolinguistics: The Possibilities and the Limitations of Positron Emission Tomography and Topographical Mapping of Electroencephalography.”  Proceedings of the 1990 Western Conference on Linguistics 3 (1991): 162-73.




  • Hurst, M. J., Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony, Lambda of Texas, Texas Tech University, "A Meditation on Goodness," Local. (April 28, 2011).


  • Hurst, M. J. (Presenter & Author), Orr, M. (Presenter & Author), Sherling, D. (Presenter & Author), Williams, M. (Presenter & Author),  (Presenter & Author), ACE Closing Retreat, American Council on Education, Alexandria, Virginia, "Understanding Financial Processes," National. (June 7, 2010).
  • Hurst, M. J. (Presenter & Author), Hovis, C. (Presenter & Author), Montoya, M. (Presenter & Author), Motale, C. (Presenter & Author), Omachonu, J. (Presenter & Author), ACE Midyear Retreat, American Council on Education, San Diego, California, "Leveraging Diversity and the Urban Mission," National. (January 11, 2010).
  • Hurst, M. J. (Presenter & Author), ACE Midyear Retreat, American Council on Education, San Diego, California, "People, Programs, and Plans," National. (January 7, 2010).
  • Hurst, M. J. (Presenter & Author), Payton, F. C. (Presenter & Author), Hiskes, A. (Presenter & Author), Regal, M. (Presenter & Author), Sherling, D. (Presenter & Author), Meernik, J. (Presenter & Author), Mishoe, S. (Presenter & Author), Sekharan, C. (Presenter & Author), ACE Opening Retreat, American Council on
  • Education, New Brunswick, New Jersey, "Pennyfield College," National. (August 30, 2009).
  • Hurst, M. J. (Presenter & Author), Kaprielian, V. (Presenter & Author), Meernik, J. (Presenter & Author), Omachonu, J. (Presenter & Author), Paul, G. (Presenter & Author), Powers, J. (Presenter & Author), ACE Opening Retreat, American Council on Education, New Brunswick, New Jersey, "Strategic Repositioning," National. (August 25, 2009).
  • Hurst, M. J. (Presenter & Author), Popular Culture Association Annual Conference, Popular Culture Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, "Popular Views about the Role of Higher Education in American Culture," National, Peer Reviewed/Refereed. (April 8, 2009).